IFC Aims for Laughs with New Comedies, Three Renewals

IFC, the cable channel once known as a showcase solely of independent films, is continuing its efforts to rebrand itself as a destination for “alternative comedy” with the announcement Tuesday of four new original comedies and the renewal of three others. “We proved that smart comedy could find an audience,” declared the president of IFC […]

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The Onion Comes to TV with News and Sports Spoofs

By FRAZIER MOORE NEW YORK — For nearly a quarter-century, The Onion has skewered the media with its satirical newspaper, then, starting in 1996, its website and, as of four years ago, the Onion News Network’s online videos. Now it’s poised to make a two-fisted assault from within the most fitting of targets: television. On […]

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Winter TV Premieres: The Welcome Back Kids

The winter television season signifies a time of change. Some fall favorites will have disappeared (“The Good Guys,” “Undercovers“), others will have changed time slots (“Fringe,” “30 Rock,” “Blue Bloods“), still others are coming back after way too much time off (“Parks & Recreation,” for instance), and then there are the new shows. Midseason is […]

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BP Spoof Video is Runaway Hit for UCB Website

By Jake Coyle AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK – The most memorable comedic take on the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico hasn’t come from ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘The Daily Show‘ or a late-night monologue. Instead, a cheaply made video by an unlikely New York improv troupe has created the only commentary that […]

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